Reviews and Problems with Konica Minolta DiMAGE X20
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Minolta DiMAGE X20 Digital Camera Review
30 September 2003
Excerpt: Minolta has released another addition in the DiMAGE series producing the X20 model. Claimed to be the fastest loading digital camera with an optical zoom, this new digital camera has many similarities to the higher end Xt model. Sporting most of the Xt's features, including the movie recording option (limited only by the memory card size) through to the body design.
Excerpt: The Minolta
DiMAGE X20 is a lower cost, lower resolution version of
their popular DiMAGE Xt model (see
our review). While the Xt is 3.2 Megapixel, has an optical
viewfinder, and uses a proprietary battery, the X20 is 2 Megapixel,
lacks an optical viewfinder, and uses AA batteries. It also
costs just $250 -- half of the (list) price of the Xt.
Pros: Generally good photo quality, Ultra-thin body with 3X zoom lens, Fast startup, shot-to-shot, playback speeds, Movie mode can record until card is full, with sound, Mirror for self-portraits on front of camera. Interesting? Yes. Useful? Not sure., Uses AA batteries instead of proprietary lithium-ion, Can be used for videoconferencing (Windows only)
Cons: Some vignetting, fuzzy corners in images; images on the soft side, No manual controls, No optical viewfinder, Some redeye and purple fringing, I'm not a huge fan of the four-way controller and the new menu system, No AF illuminator, So-so bundle
Summary: The DiMAGE X20 is the world's smallest and lightest 2-megapixel digital camera with a 3x optical zoom (as of July 2003.) This tiny new fun and easy to use digital camera incorporates numerous creative features such as slide show playback, self-portrait mode, multi-frame drive mode, Image Pasting, movie mode, noise reduction function and web communications capability.
Conclusion: Le petit dernier de la famille des Dimage a pour lui une esthétique irréprochable. En revanche, la qualité de ses clichés et ses performances demeurent moyennes pour un appareil photo numérique bimégapixel.